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originally posted by: markosity1973
a reply to: FormOfTheLord
How anyone could say Russian intervention is wrong is beyond me.
I've seen quite a few posts on here claiming, without any evidence to back it up (oh, what a surprise) that Russia is using "dumb" bombs, and is therefore not bothered about the indiscriminate bloodshed and is killing civilians.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: RogueWave
Just a mosque that had nothing to do with ISIS on day 2 of their bombing campaign.
Secondly Russia is using BETAB-500 bombs which is an AOE munition.
- 'Dozen jihadists killed' -
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that Russian strikes "hit IS positions west of Raqa overnight and explosions were heard in the city".
Raqa has acted as the extremist group's de facto Syrian "capital" since 2013.
The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground for its information, said Russian jets had killed 12 jihadists in Raqa this week.
But raids ordered by Moscow have also hit areas controlled by moderate groups that are fighting Assad and even prompted a claim by US Senator John McCain that Russian jets had killed rebel soldiers trained and funded by the CIA.
Russia said its strikes this week had destroyed IS positions in northern Aleppo province, neighbouring Idlib province and in Hama in central Syria.
But several military sources and the Observatory said Russia had hit areas controlled by groups other than IS.
The Observatory also says Russian strikes had killed several civilians and wounded doctors in a raid on a hospital in Hama.
The Russian Air Force hit and destroyed a mosque in a second day of airstrikes on targets in Syria, killing at least five people, according to Syrian opposition sources posting on social media.
The attack hit the Omar Bin el-Khatab mosque in Jisr el-Shugur on Thursday, according to a post on a Twitter account affiliated with Jaysh al-Fatah, a Syrian Islamist rebel coalition. Five were killed in the single assault, according to the main Syrian opposition coalition, which also said the mosque was hit.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
It's also hilarious that the U.S. accuses Russia of bombing indiscriminately, like they haven't killed plenty of civilians before, so why give a crap now? Maybe it's because Russia are doing a better job at eliminating their targets.
originally posted by: MrSpad
Man the Russians could at least be using smart bombs and trying to limit civilian casualties. I know that they have a hard time in those areas but dropping dumb bombs in cities is going drive more support to both the rebels and ISIS. The Russian better home they get some kind of deal fast do they can get out or they are going to find the mess in Ukraine a walk in the park compared to what they creating Syria. I know things are desperate for Assad but, if you can not conduct precision strikes you should not be hitting populated areas.
originally posted by: RogueWave
At least they were smart enough to not hit a known hospital.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Instead of comparing A to B, just acknowledge that use of unguided munitions produces greater risk of civilian casualties.